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Costa Rica Birding: Off-the-Beaten Path — Motmots to Quetzals

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12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Meals: 31 total, 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Radisson Hotel San José - Costa Rica (formerly Radisson Europa Hotel): San Jose, 1...
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Radisson Hotel San José is conveniently situated in the commercial district near San José's historic center.

Contact info:
Calle Central y Tercera Av. 15, P.O. Box 538-2120, Calle Blancos
San José, Costa Rica
phone: +506-20106000
web: www.radisson.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, alarm lock radio, Sleep Number® beds, hair dryer, Wi-Fi, in-room safe, iPod dock, mini bar/refrigerator, flat screen TV and cable channels, and two telephone lines.

Facility amenities: Business center, Wi-Fi, fitness center, whirlpool and pool, executive lounge, on-site casino, spacious meeting rooms and two on-site restaurants. The hotel is able to offer airport shuttle services for an additional charge. This service must be booked in advance directly through the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for questions about room availability and prices. Room types and rates are subject to availability.

Talari Mountain Lodge: San Isidro el General, 1 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: The Talari Mountain Lodge is a birder's paradise, located a few miles northeast of San Isidro el General, in El General Valley. The lodge's secondary forest, river access, and extensive gardens help to attract hundreds of bird species as well as colorful butterflies and a variety of mammals.

Contact info:
200m Sur de cruce Miravalles, Rivas
San Isidro el General, Costa Rica
phone: +506-2771-0341
web: www.talari.co.cr

Room amenities: Private bathroom with solar heated shower, fan, mosquito net, small fridge, and terrace.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, landscaped gardens, secondary forest with trails, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, and laundry service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge: Golfito, 2 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Rainforest lodge located near La Gamba Village and Piedras Blancas National Park and only 30 minutes by car from the Golfito airport. Its important contributions to the local community and good environmental practices have earned it a "three-leaf" Certificate for Sustainable Tourism from the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ITC). Accommodations are provided in attractive tiled roofed bungalows, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and accessed by well-maintained gravel paths. The Esquinas Rainforest Lodge's efforts to minimize its environmental impact include: composting organic waste and using it as fertilizer for their organic vegetable and fruit garden, using energy saving light bulbs, collecting and filtering rain water, using a waste water treatment plant for kitchen waste, using a pressure pump rather than harsh chemicals to treat their pool, using biodegradable detergents, and participating in a carbon offsetting program.

Contact info:
Piedras Blancas National Park
La Gamba, Costa Rica
phone: +506-27418001
web: www.esquinaslodge.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom with hot water, ceiling fan, tiled floors, covered porch, and screened windows.

Facility amenities: A stream fed pool, 2-acre tropical garden with trails, library, gift shop, restaurant, and bar.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Las Cruces Biological Station: San Vito, 2 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Organization for Tropical Studies' research station located in the Pacific highlands of southern Costa Rica, near the Panamanian border.

Contact info:
San Vito
San Vito, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-25240628
web: www.esintro.co.cr

Room amenities: Balconies with garden views.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, gardens, research facilities, and laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve & Spa (formerly Savegre Mountain Hotel): San Gerardo...
Type: Lodge

Description: The Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve and Spa is located in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. The hotel is at an elevation of approximately 7,220 ft and is situated in a private cloud forest reserve that borders the Los Quetzales National Park. Its private reserve has earned a reputation for being one of the best places to spot the elusive Resplendent Quetzal--one of the country's most colorful birds. To reach this attractive highland property it is necessary to travel on switchbacks and narrow mountain roads reaching elevations of up to 11,000 ft at Cerro de la Muerte.

Contact info:
San Gerardo de Dota.
San Gerardo de Dota, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-27401028
web: www.savegre.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths and heating system or fireplace. No air conditioning is necessary since the hotel is located in a mountainous region (approximately 7,220 ft above sea level) known for its clean and crisp air.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, spa services, gardens, nature reserve, trails, and laundry service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Rancho Naturalista: Turrialba, 2 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: The Rancho Naturalista is located within a private 125-acre reserve a short distance from Tuis de Turrialba in the Talamanca Mountains. The reserve's pre-montane Caribbean slope rainforest, streams, and semi-wooded pastures attract numerous specialty bird species, making this a prime birding site. A network of well-maintained forest trails gives visitors access to the property's different natural habitats. The stunning Snowcap hummingbird is the lodge's signature bird and is a common visitor at the hummingbird feeders and pools. Although the main building's long veranda was primarily designed for bird watching, its comfortable seating areas and scenic views have wide appeal among all guests. Target bird species for this property include: Bicolored Hawk, Sunbittern, Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, Mottled Owl, White-necked Jacobin, Green–breasted Mango, Black-crested Coquette, Green Throntail, Snowcap, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Lanceolated Monklet, Rufous-winged Tanager, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Black-banded woodcreeper, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Brown-billed Scythebill, Checker-throated Antwren, Dull-mantled Antbird, Immaculate Antbird, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Tawny-chested Flycatcher, White-ruffed Manakin, White-crowned Manakin, Black-throated Wren,Scaly-breasted Wren,Black-headed Nightingale,Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager, and White-lined Tanager

Contact info:
1 km este de Tuis de Turrialba
Cordillera de Talamanca, Costa Rica
phone: +506-25548100
web: www.ranchonaturalista.net

Room amenities: Spacious rooms with wood floors and private bathrooms with hot water.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, laundry services, covered porches, landscaped gardens, nature trails, birding balcony, internet access, birding litterature available for guests, and resident naturalist guides.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center (previously a Ramada...
Type: Resort

Description: The Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel and Convention Center has 229 spacious rooms with modern conveniences and a long list of amenities that are meant to accommodate business travelers as well as vacationing families. It is conveniently located a short distance from San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport. The hotel has earned a Level 3 Certification for Sustainable Tourism by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

Contact info:
General Cañas Highway
5 km south from International Airport
San José, Costa Rica
phone: +506-22099800
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/costa-rica/san-jose/wyndham-san-jose-herradura-hotel-convention-center/hotel-overview

Room amenities: The spacious, air conditioned rooms have private baths, hair dryers, satellite TVs, direct-dial phones, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, safety deposit boxes, and internet access.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, three restaurants, three swimming pools, a wet bar, Jacuzzis, casino, fitness center, spa services, laundry service, souvenir shop, beauty salon, business center, conference center, money exchange, Internet access, travel agency, and a souvenir shop. Wheelchair acessible elevators and public areas. Free airport shuttle service from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free hotel shuttle service to San José attractions.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Prices subject to availability
Rates and room types are subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you need assistance with booking additional hotel nights.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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11 nights of accommodations
31 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
23 Field trips


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